Braves Preview: Atlanta looks to get back into win column in Game 3 versus Padres
By Steven Teal
Friday night at Truist Park was yet again an electric atmosphere for a baseball game. This series, which features both the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres, has felt like a playoff series and it hasn't disappointed in the slightest. Both teams are showcasing incredible talent on both sides of the ball.
Unfortunately, the Brave fell a little short on Friday night as they were defeated by a final score of 5-4. It was another back-and-forth game that just had the feeling of October baseball. It's very possible these two teams could square off once playoff time rolls around. Atlanta now sits at 6-2 on the young season.
Braves vs. Padres Game 3 Preview
Charlie Morton will make his second start of 2023 for the Atlanta Braves. His first outing didn't go as well as many Braves fans would have liked. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing three earned runs on nine hits to the Cardinals. He also walked two batters and struck out just one.
Morton was signed to a $20 million contract last October and had many fans scratching their heads as to the amount given. However, when Charlie is at his best, it's easy to see why any team would consider spending that kind of money on him. Although, it is fair to be skeptical as Morton was fairly inconsistent in 2022 posting a 4.34 ERA.
Morton will take the mound against Padres pitcher Michael Wacha. The former Cardinal and Red Sox pitcher was signed to a four-year, $26 million deal by the Padres this off-season. Wacha was decent for the Red Sox in 2022 as he finished 11-2 with a 3.32 ERA across 23 starts.
His first start against the Rockies started off really well for him but he ran into trouble in the sixth inning of that game. He allowed four earned runs on six hits while walking three batters and striking out two of them over six innings of work. Wacha will have his work cut out for him against a lethal Atlanta Braves offense.
The Atlanta Braves will be debuting their incredible City Connect Uniforms on the field for the first time on Saturday evening. These uniforms are a wonderful tribute to the legendary and incredible Hank Aaron. Weather permitting, fans will be able to see these awesome fits in action. It is a rainy and cold day in Atlanta so keep your eyes posted on HTHB for updates.
How to watch the game?
TV: Bally Sports Southeast and MLB Network
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan